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What dairy should I cook with if I have diabetes?

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Switch to low-fat dairy. Many dairy products used in cooking and baking are high in fat. You can lower the fat content without compromising taste. Instead of whole milk or half-and-half, pour 1% or skim milk, condensed skim milk, or nonfat half-and-half. Instead of sour cream, try low-fat or nonfat plain yogurt, buttermilk, or even low-fat cottage cheese (you may need to blend it first to make it smooth).

 To make a sauce that calls for cream or whole milk, use cornstarch and skim milk.

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Diabetes Meal Plans and a Healthy Diet," "Food Nutrient Data for Choose Your Foods: Exchange Lists for Diabetes," "Meal Planning Food Choices," "Using the Diabetes Food Pyramid," "Making Healthy Food Choices,'' "Virtual Grocery Store: Cooking Tips," "Taking a Closer Look at the Label," ''Youth Zone: The Scoop on Sugar.''

National Diabetes Education Program: "Recipe and Meal Planner Guide."

Dietriffic.com: "A Dietitian's Survival Guide -- Recipe Substitutions."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on June 5, 2018

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Diabetes Meal Plans and a Healthy Diet," "Food Nutrient Data for Choose Your Foods: Exchange Lists for Diabetes," "Meal Planning Food Choices," "Using the Diabetes Food Pyramid," "Making Healthy Food Choices,'' "Virtual Grocery Store: Cooking Tips," "Taking a Closer Look at the Label," ''Youth Zone: The Scoop on Sugar.''

National Diabetes Education Program: "Recipe and Meal Planner Guide."

Dietriffic.com: "A Dietitian's Survival Guide -- Recipe Substitutions."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on June 5, 2018

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